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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora an outcast even among her fellow Africans she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits When Caesar a recent arrival from Virginia tells her about the Underground Railroad they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her Though they manage to find a station and head north they are being huntedIn Whitehead’s ingenious conception the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina in a city that initially seems like a haven But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens And even worse Ridgeway the relentless slave catcher is close on their heels Forced to flee again Cora embarks on a harrowing flight state by state seeking true freedomLike the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space As Whitehead brilliantly re creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering powerful meditation on the history we all share


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    This is my first read by Colson Whitehead and it makes me think his style may not be to my tastesIt's personal preference I'm sure There are some beautiful sentences some genius structural choices and many great ideas Indeed the re imagining of history where the Underground Railroad is an actual railroad is a great idea in itself I just found it lacking in emotion It's a cold distant impersonal novel and it didn't pull me inAll of the secondary characters are undeveloped and forgettable but than this Cora herself wasn't given enough personality and development to really drag me into her world The other central character Caesar is even less developed Perhaps a first person narrative would have better suited the subject matter and helped warm us to the charactersIn this story Cora and Caesar are slaves at the Randall estate in Georgia Caesar proposes an escape via the Underground Railroad which Cora initially refuses but later agrees to when her situation becomes dire The book is full of monstrous things but the impersonal nature of the narrative kept me at a distance It was horrific as the truth of US history often is but in the way a history textbook is horrific We should have been right there in the middle of the story with Cora hearts pounding in fear and yet I felt somewhat removed reading it seemed an almost clinical account of historyThe jerky structure that jumps from the main plot to some backstory and back again doesn't make it any easier to become invested With no emotional connection to the characters and little opportunity to become connected to the plot I felt like this book for me remained one full of clever ideas and little elseFacebook | Instagram